Crosshatch builds strong communities through the intersections of art, farming, ecology and economy.
formerly Institute for Sustainable Living, Art & Natural Design (ISLAND)
Crosshatch Center for Art & Ecology envisions communities that are grounded in place: where people connect through stories, music, art, shared work, and food, and where the economy and culture are rooted in restoration of the earth and its people.
Join and connect with your community of peers at Friday's Farm School. Farm School is full-day immersion into specialized topics of growing. Experts in various fields come from near and far to educate area growers in intermediate/advanced courses.
Courses offered on Friday at Farm School are:
with Margarite Bolt of Purdue University, James DeDecker of MSU, and Leah Sandler of the Michael Fields Agricultural Institute
with Nancy Phillips of Heartsong Farm and author of, The Herbalist Way: The Art and Practice of Healing with Plant Medicines.
with Craig Waldron of Far Hills Maple Syrup LLC and Mike Ross of Michigan Maple Farms
Announcing the 21st annual Northern Michigan Small Farm Conference—the primer educational gathering of regional growers, hobbyists and educators.
Over two full days, Friday’s Farm School and Saturday’s Northern Michigan Small Farm Conference, growers will have the opportunity to not just learn, but also connect and engage with their peers. Attend dynamic lectures and classes such as:
Bare-bones Farm Infrastructure Start-Up with Sarah Longstreth of Goodstead Farm
Crop Rotation Design for Vegetable Growers with Katie Brandt of the MSU Student Organic Farm
Beekeeping: Successful Overwintering with Meghan Milbrath of MSU
In addition to Saturday's main conference with over 35 sessions to choose from, we have Friday's Farm School plus Friday night festivities including a cocktail hour with cash bar and live music and the return of the Friday dinner option.
Check out the Small Farm Conference websiteto see the entire speaker and session lineup and agenda, plus information on the two-day Trade Show, now free to the general public!